The Fire of His Kiln


 

This blog is not about the intro. It’s not about my dad’s dream or sleepiness but somehow all the pieces seemed to fit.

My dad had a dream the other night that was in color, vivid, and bright. He and another man were supposed to be guarding a door. Inside the door was a great feast and everyone was dressed in royal robes with headdresses on. Their robes were bright scarlet, purple, yellow and brilliant in color. He and his fellow guard ended up falling asleep at the door. Later they woke up and his real boss from before he retired came outside and said where were you both? What happened to you all? My dad said, “We fell asleep, but we are back at our post now.” His boss just grinned and went back to the banquet.

Now while the bridegroom was delaying, they all got drowsy and began to sleep.” Matthew 25:5 NASB.

All ten went to sleep.

“Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” Luke 12:37 ESV.

A servant is one who looks to his master for favor, but a bride looks to her husband for intimacy and affection. All these virgins had oil but five had extra oil. In the Torah the priest had to keep the lights of the Menorah burning and the oil had to be pure and the light could never go out. How do we get this oil and where does it come?

“How I love Your law (Torah)!
It is my meditation all the day.

Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.

I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.

I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.

I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.

How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

Nun.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
            And a light to my path.” Psalms 119:97-105 NASB.

A Word is a lamp and a light and Yeshua was the Word made flesh.

Shortly after my dad told me his dream, a friend sent me this next message that was just too good not to share.

“According to a Jewish legend, at exactly midnight on Shavuot (Pentecost), the heavens open for an instant and God will respond favorably to any prayer that is spoken then. According to one commentator, it’s likely that this story was told to keep children—not to mention sleepy adults—awake and alert during the night’s study session. The origin of the midnight time for prayer and study lies in Psalm 119:62: “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee.” This psalm is attributed to David, who, according to the Talmud (b. Sukkah 29b), was a notorious insomniac, being satisfied with only “sixty breaths of sleep.”

Staying awake requires not just knowing truth but obeying it. A bride has a wedding planner who is in charge of the bride and a brides maid was the closest woman to the bride and to care for her and encourage her and help her prepare for her wedding day.

If you were a God who wanted to wake people up who would you send to do that job? John came as a voice. Prophets aren’t born, they are built. John was a High Priest and a prophet. Humble servants, teachers, and ministers of His Word are not just born equipped. They are thrown on HIS wheel.

Then I (Jeremiah) went down to the potter’s house, and there he was making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay WAS SPOILED in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.” Jeremiah 18:2-4.

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Soft clay can be smacked and thrown down on the potter’s wheel and reshaped. Once the pot is fired we have a whole different story.

Yes, Hashem told Jeremiah that He knew him before He placed him in the womb and called him to be a prophet to the nations, but Jeremiah was built. If you are unsure of what I am trying to articulate read Lamentations. Most are familiar with a verse that says, “Your mercies are made new each morning,” but what was the prophet saying before all this? He was talking to a people who had not been obedient and had went whoring. I think he may have been describing the curses now that had overtaken Yahweh’s people due to their sins and their lack of keeping His Sabbaths and His Commandments. He was weeping for the Bride.

“He has walled me in so I cannot escape;     he has weighed me down with chains. Even when I call out or cry for help,     he shuts out my prayer. He has barred my way with blocks of stone;     he has made my paths crooked.

 Like a bear lying in wait,     like a lion in hiding,  he dragged me from the path and mangled me     and left me without help.  He drew his bow     and made me the target for his arrows.

 He pierced my heart     with arrows from his quiver.  I became the laughingstock of all my people;     they mock me in song all day long. He has filled me with bitter herbs     and given me gall to drink.

He has broken my teeth with gravel;     he has trampled me in the dust.  I have been deprived of peace;     I have forgotten what prosperity is.” Lamentations 3:8-17 NIV.

If we are a son or a daughter, He will correct us and shape us on His Potter’s wheel.

 

Who is man to think that he is the one who can form the clay?

 

“Will the pot contend with the potter, or the earthenware with the hand that shapes it? Will the clay ask the potter what he is making? or his handiwork say to him, “You have no skill”? (Isaiah 45:9, NEB)  

Our Jesus/ Yeshua was placed on that wheel.

“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” Hebrews 5:8.

How are Abba’s servants built? They are thrown on the potter’s wheel. Prophets usually haven’t met anyone they cannot relate to. Most of them have been through just about everything you can think of. Have you ever noticed that Elijah just arrives on the scene and we read nothing about his background? He just boldly confronts kings and commands the sky to stay shut and slaughters over 400 false prophets of Baal. How do you get such tenacity? Not by being pampered and coddled.

Prophets were fearful of the call. They said things like “I can’t speak. I’m too young. I am the least in my father’s house. I am a fig farmer. I stutter.

They knew where prophets went. It was usually to oppose a priest—a king—a wicked leader with a booming voice from Adonai and then off to the prison, death, a cave, a lion’s den. They were built to confront those no one else wanted to confront. A stiff necked people. An Ahab. A Jezebel. A Saul who had not slain the wicked king he was ordered to slay.

Go tell my servant David, the one who carried a giants head on a pole that he is the man full of sin Nathan.

Fast for 40 days and climb a mountain only to go back again because the people have been in idolatry and have been worshipping a calf and cry out for Yah to spare those same people who said, “Where is this Moses?” Yes, this Moses whose staff parted the sea. This Moses who cried out for their very lives. This Moses who was fashioned in the desert away from his family and home on the Potter’s wheel.

The burden of the word of the Lord Adonai—that’s how their letters were started. It is a burden to feel what the Father feels. It is a burden to see what the Father sees.

How do you build a man or women that have no regard to whether people will like the sound of the words they use? How do you build a person who doesn’t care if you never speak to them again?

Possibly the Potter wants such a person to be shunned by those esteemed. The ones in the important circles. How does HaShem build and shape a vessel that will speak what He tells them to speak even if their closest friends and companions walk away? You cause them to be loved by people who they love with so much love it bubbles up inside their soul and then you have those same people reject them, crush them, defame their character and trust. You bring people across their path that are so precious to them and you turn those same confidants into barking dogs that bite and snarl and growl at the messenger or give them a Judas kiss. Their words are twisted—they looked for ways to catch Yeshua in sin. They watched him like a spider. They accused him of casting out demons by the prince of demons.

“They watched him closely in an effort to trap him in something he might say.” Luke 11:54 ISV.

“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.” John 2:23-24 NASB.

How do you build something that has no concern for money? No regard for titles? No affection for the esteem of man? You strip them of everything they own. You cause them to live by a brook and let ravens feed them. You send them to a widow with a few drops of oil and a handful of flour. You leave them naked and bare and they see all the material as refuse—worthless. Mother Teresa could not be bought—she had her eyes on a different prize. The apostles could not be bought. Oh, Saints do not look to store up treasures here that can bring no joy. Junk you have to dust and worry about thieves stealing. Titles that only bring esteem from men.

How do you build someone who has more compassion for the sick than most? A person who will fast and pray and believe with someone who is suffering horribly? You give them sores all over their body as they scrape the discharge with some broken pottery. You blind them for three days. You give them a thorn in their flesh, a hip out of socket, a barren womb and a taste of suffering that most cannot imagine.

When I first came out of an attack on my health and retired my cane, I sat outside a big meetings one night—a meeting where the mega church parking lot filled up and any person coming in who was in a wheelchair, walker, or using a cane, I asked if I could pray for them. I cried with them. I knew what it was like to be sick unto death. I would have never had that compassion if I had not gone through it.

How do you build someone with a grief for sin that causes them to weep when they see sin? Most the people that I know who have been forgiven much love much. When a person sees a woman’s breast exposed and grieves over it instead of lusting. When we see men and women lusting after flesh pots that we used to partake of and our heart doesn’t want to point a finger but instead grabs a cloak and covers their nakedness and cries out for their soul to be healed.

Moses looked at his sister who had slandered him and “Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!” Numbers 12:13 NASB.

Awe, the Potter’s wheel.

When the Father speaks to me and humbles me it is usually through people that I overlooked or thought “unimportant” A person I judged by their titles or lack of them. Have you ever had the Father make you feel the way Jeremiah felt above?

He said he was made a laughing stock—mocked.

I write these next words not for pity—not for prayer, although I’ll take any I can get, but to show you something.

How do you make a marriage become so one in the Spirit you both think and act and speak the same? Most every night my husband prays with me—many mornings as well, but at night he lays his hand on my stomach that refuses to work in divine order due to gastroparesis, and he speaks life over it. He watches it blow up like a balloon and he sees my tears and with those same tears he knocks, he asks, he is persistent like the widow who went before the unjust judge and like Moses he cries, “Heal my wife!” One night as he prayed I thought of all the healthy and unhealthy wives who never hear such compassion from their husbands. I thought about how loved I am. How our very marriage has been placed on the Potter’s wheel for such a time as this and every trial, every valley of darkness has brought us closer. For some, it causes bitterness and division. My husband waited twelve years for me. Every year he prayed for a wife and waited. He went on few dates because he did not feel they were the one. In the twelfth year, a woman at his assembly said, “Jeff the Father just showed me a field with beautiful flowers and there the sun was shining down on a blondish brown haired woman that the Father is “molding” for you.” Eve or Chavah was fashioned and constructed from the side of Adam. The Father was shaping me into a wife for my husband.

“So with the potter sitting at his labor, revolving the wheel with his feet. He is always concerned for his products and turns them out in quantity.

With his hands, he molds the clay, and with his feet softens it. His care is for proper coloring, and he keeps watch on the fire of his kiln.” The Wisdom Books 38:29-30. NAB.

He is shaping you into just the right vessel for His use. It hurts at times to be smashed and remolded into shape, thrown on the wheel and placed into a fiery pit, but in the end, He will fashion us into a vessel He sees fit to use.


“But now, Hashem, Thou art Avinu (Our Father); we are the chomer (clay), and Thou, Yotzreinu (our Potter, Maker, Creator); and we all are the ma’aseh (work) of Thy yad (hand.)” Isaiah 64:8 OJB.

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Sources: Jewish prayers

http://www.mylapidmedia.com/uploads/8/1/0/5/8105580/dosick_rabbi_wayne_-_living_judaism_harpercollins_2007.pdf

 

Pottery by Will Hatch

Pottery Photos by Tekoa Manning

Potters wheel photo by City on a Hill.

 

 

The Cost of a Garment


A Seasoned Coat

I had a dream last week right after Passover. In my dream, there were two men with their backs to me. They each had on a Jewish prayer shawl with the tzitzit or tassels that are specially knotted representing the 613 Torah commandments. This is the very shawl Jesus/Yeshua was wearing when the lady with the issue of blood crawled through the crowd and touched the hem of his garment. She touched the Word in more ways than one. This was a commandment from Deuteronomy and Numbers. Let’s look at that real quick before we go farther.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” Leviticus 15:37-39 NIV.
The first man’s shawl in my dream was older, darker as in aged—seasoned, and I remember this man had his head bowed (humble). The man behind him was larger and dressed in a sparkling new prayer shawl. It was bright and white and unseasoned. I walked behind this man in my dream with the bright white one and yanked off his prayer shawl.
When I woke up I said, Father, what are you trying to tell me? A friend called that day and explained that this was an exposing of the men who wear the tallit but do not know what it represents. The coat has a deeper significance. Jesus/Yeshua said that if we love him we will keep his commandments. “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” 1st John 5:3 NASB.
This seems simple enough but I never really knew the amount of grace I was under before my eyes were opened to many passages in my Bible.
A few days later I saw a man wearing this type of garment who is in leadership. He was preaching an Easter service on a Sunday morning. This man does a lot of good works for the poor, the homeless, and the addicts, but I wondered if he was aware that among those tassel threads hanging down is a thread that says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8 KJB. This was never changed to Sun-day. The words from Paul about “one man considers a day more sacred” has nothing to do with a day that is our wedding day– A day the Father blessed and set apart. A day our Father says is a sign to us. Why? Because that day of rest represents our rest forever in the Kingdom. It’s the millennial reign. Men who wear that type of shawl with those holy marriage vows hanging off keep the Sabbath. They obey those tassels—even after Yeshua’s death and resurrection they obeyed the commandments.

 

Malachi 3:6I the LORD do not change.”
Those who cloak their head in humbleness under that tent like shawl keep the Sabbath and the Feast. Our next Feast is written about in the book of Acts Chapter two. They were in one accord for a feast that was mandatory. They didn’t just decide to get together in unity in an upper room and wait for no reason. When Jesus/Yeshua told them to wait they knew what that meant. They were counting the omer.
“Even unto the day after the seventh sabbath shall you number fifty days; and you shall offer a new grain offering unto the LORD” Leviticus 23:16 KJV.
“Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.” He said they were His Feast, not a Jewish Feast but even if they were a “Jewish” Feast weren’t we engrafted into a Hebraic faith before Constantine and others polluted it?
Wasn’t Paul and all the others in the New portion of the book still keeping all the Feast which were and are all about Jesus/Yeshua. Paul said, “Therefore let us keep the feast” 1st Corinthians 5:8 NASB.
Many times we wear things that are not congruent with who we are yet. I know many times in my past I wanted to own one of those shawls but I really did not know what that meant. I just thought it was “cool.” I wasn’t aware that the very Word of Yah—the Torah was wrapped in this garment. The dead are wrapped in it. It is often translated as wings in the King James and yes, even a tent. This is the shadow of His Wings because it is golden instructions to keep us holy and safe. Protection.
We often wear many things that misrepresent who we are.
One of the items we wear is “titles.”
Have you ever had an experience with someone you didn’t know personally that was unfavorable? A person who wears the same titles as you? Titles like Nurse—teacher—Pastor—Rabbi–Political titles and so forth. Yes, “those people.” Ever met someone on social media and had some dialogue that went Due South? Perhaps you had a fluctuating opinion over a passage of the Bible, an elected official, a political topic, or something else and then found out that the person you are conversing with is the author and producer of? The director and CEO of? Your mother-n-law’s cousin? Your Rabbi’s son? Your Pastors niece? Oh, yes this happened to me last week–not once, not twice,–well you get the picture.
After my second rebuttal with the first person, I went to their Facebook page and found out they were friends with someone I really admire and also they held an important title. I sort of thought hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t have said what I said. Although I tried to be graceful in my words, my belief was clearly different on the matter due to my life experiences and passages I had studied. I heard the Father say, “Would you make a difference in my Word for a person of man’s esteem?
Do you treat people differently?”
Ouch.
And that’s when conviction set in. “No, I don’t think so Father but you know my heart.”
“The heart is crooked above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 ISR.
If I would have known what title the person had would I have treated them differently? Have you ever been guilty of this? I think if we were honest we all would say yes. Do we treat people differently that we know our friends or family would not possibly approve of their views?
Paul walked into an area littered with men, in the midst of the Areopagus, these men were Greek scholars who put on airs at times. They stood conversing and ogling in his direction but he with great gusto said, “Men of Athens: I see how very religious you are in every way!  For as I was walking around, looking at your shrines, I even found an altar which had been inscribed, ‘To An Unknown God.’ So, the one whom you are already worshipping in ignorance-this is the one I proclaim to you.
“The God who made the universe and everything in it, and who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in man-made temples; nor is he served by human hands, as if he lacked something; since it is he himself who gives life and breath and everything to everyone.” Acts 17:22-25 CJB.
All of us are guilty of ignorance but once we are presented with truth we can do better.
Lately, I have started noticing how men and women interact in a large group. How people talk to leaders. How people ignore certain ones. We often dismiss others instead of digging in and looking at conflicting opinions with a heart that says, “Abba show me anything I am missing that you may have shown them?” We also refrain from correcting those who are in leadership. This same Paul had to correct Peter in front of many. That’s tough. He couldn’t just do it in private.  “But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.” Galatians 2:11 TLV.
We also often get hung up in the knowledge and miss the Spirit. Clothing the naked—feeding the poor—visiting the sick, the widow–those in prison and so forth. Jesus/Yeshua said “I never knew you,” to a group who had not done these deeds.
Broken people don’t care if we have our Feast calendar exactly right or pronounce the Name correctly. Half the people in the streets would not even know who Yahushua or Yahweh or even Yeshua is.
So in order for Abba to make His point clearer, this happened again and again, and I even watched it happen to my husband. I think his phone conversation may have influenced his clothing. Perhaps his level of nervousness was effected at meeting someone of importance. Only his situation was the opposite. Yes, they were important but not packaged as he was expecting.
I’m going to end with an example.
Once while working at a restaurant I watched a couple come into the lounge area. The man had on overhauls and his wife weighed about 90 pounds and was wearing his gigantic t-shirt and sweat pants. My co-workers took off to the back laughing saying, “Bonnie that’s all YOU!” I pleasantly greeted them and the man asked me if he could see our wine list. He then proceeded to order a bottle even I, an employee with a key could not fetch for them. I had to get the manager to unlock the case and climb up to a hidden spot. After getting their wine they said we just will be having some soup and salad and the wine. They drank the bottle and ate the small meal and then gave me a hundred dollar tip. From that night on, they always requested me as their server and shared much of their life with me. I was blessed. If you would have seen them on the street you might have wondered if they could afford to buy a soda pop. However, after my fellow co-workers found out the tip they had left me, now when this couple came in they tried to knock me down to get to them. Ah, the heart, who can know it? Yahweh searches the hearts. He goes to and fro throughout the earth. He knows you and me. He knows our hearts.
“My brothers, do not hold the belief of our Master יהושע Messiah, the Master of esteem, with partiality. For if there should come into your meeting a man with gold rings, in a splendid robe, and there should also come in a poor one dressed in rags, and you pay attention to the one wearing the splendid robe and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor one, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves, and become judges with wicked thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers: Has Elohim not chosen the poor of this world, rich in belief and heirs of the reign which He promised to those who love Him? “James 2:1-4 ISR.
Two men in my dream wore SPLENDID ROBES, one was seasoned and one was new. Awe, Abba cleanse our garments and our hearts to be transparent and led by YOU no matter what it cost us for our life to look like that garment. “And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:8 KJV.

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Neck-lace of the Kingdom


The whole world seems to have its eye on a giraffe named April. I heard about this pregnant mother about two weeks ago while at a family birthday party. I instantly felt Abba Father was trying to tell me something prophetically.

Yes, at the beginning of this month the whole world watched this mother named “April” waiting patiently for her to give birth, and then something incredible happened. A giraffe in Denver that no one knew was even pregnant gave birth spontaneously and hidden from view at 3 a.m. The mother was old and also on birth control, but this did not stop her from giving birth. Dobby’s mother Kipele was born at the Denver Zoo in August 1993, and is the oldest of the Zoo’s giraffes. His father is named Dikembe. (1) Like Sarah, she laughs as millions watch New York’s mother pacing in labor, and while no one is looking or expecting, her young calf comes forth and is named “Dobby.” We will get to this mother in a moment and her baby, as I believe these two mothers represent possibly America and Israel—Ruth and Orpah but let’s see how this unfolds.

Back to New York and April.

The name April means “to open” as in bud—flower. This always reminds me of Aaron and his rod and how we are to bear fruit—good fruit.

“Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.” Numbers 17:8 NASB.

This year Pesach or Passover falls on April 10th, Birth pains. . .

This month is the Hebrew month of Adar (Feb-March.) It is the 6th month of the Hebrew civil year and the 12th month of the religious year. (2) Author and teacher, K. Gallagher compared this month to a very pregnant woman about to give birth as next month Aviv/Nisan commemorates the children of Israel’s birth from the dark womb of Egypt. She explains how they passed through the opening of blood and water as YHWH birthed them (and us) as a nation. Thus, though this is a joyful month full of anticipation, it comes with the tight pressing of birth pangs.” (3)

Ah, birth pains—who here is birthing something? Pushing! Perhaps you’re moving and pacing back and forth like April? Possibly Our Abba Father is doing something different in your life. Labor and waiting on a birth are always difficult. One look at April’s huge belly holding a calf weighing up to 150 pounds looks miserable, but Abba always brings joy out of our labor.

This month Adar is said to be a time of laughter and great joy. Sarah gave birth to the Patriarch Isaac (Yitzchak) during this time and his name means “laughter,” but who wouldn’t laugh at a ninety- year- old woman giving birth or the oldest giraffe in the zoo?

I believe this prophetic message may have something to do with a Kingdom and a King. Jesus/Yeshua said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world. “Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:20-22 NASB.

One interesting fact pointed out to me was that a giraffe’s neck has the same amount of vertebrae as humans.

  1. Gallagher explains below.

“Nearly all mammals, including humans, have SEVEN vertebrae in their necks. (4) The only difference is that an animal such as the giraffe has very large vertebra whereas a mouse has very small vertebra. Since the neck is representative of whether one’s demeanor is humble or prideful, the natural phenomenon of the neck having SEVEN vertebrae can be compared to the SEVEN Spirits of God or their counterfeit, the SEVEN wicked spirits. (5)

When one is truly filled with the Spirit of God, she will exhibit the attributes of wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and reverence. On the contrary, a stiff-necked person is ruled by their nephesh (flesh), which is characterized by the SEVEN abominations of Proverbs 6:16-19. The first wicked attribute is pride or haughty eyes. Pride always precedes a fall and is the antithesis to the humility of Biblical wisdom. (6)

Thus, the SEVEN vertebrae in a human’s neck teach a spiritual lesson. A pliable, submissive neck is yoked to the Creator’s easy and light sevens of the Bible. This person will eagerly accept the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven. The neck with its SEVEN vertebrae will bend and bow to the will of the King, which is demonstrated in the seven days of creation, the seven Spirits of God, the seven Feasts of Adonai, and even the seven days it takes to consecrate the Holy Temple. These SEVENs show one how the Holy Spirit works to change and promote growth in the life of the Believer for their good as a new creation in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).

It feels like we are getting closer and closer to the Messianic Kingdom. The number 7 is completion, but the number 8 is fatness and joy unspeakable. Those who are filled with the Spirit and have a humble pliable neck will bow down before their King and enter the gates of the city, the New Jerusalem. I found this next picture too prophetic to let slip through unnoticed. (7)

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When we study the Bible carefully we find that the number seven is tied to everything. It is a number like no other and a day of rest, a wedding day for a Bride, but eight, eight is over and beyond what we can think or imagine.

“Eight in Hebrew “Shemoni [f.], shemonah [m.] Literally to “make fat”. New beginnings, not just complete (like 7), but satiated. Becoming “fat” is having more than enough. Full to overflowing. Moves from natural to supernatural.” Grace in Torah (8).

The father of the baby to be born in New York is named Oliver as in “Olive.” The olive leaf and the olive tree have always been a symbol of Israel and their national emblem is olive leaves draped around the Menorah light. Yeshua is the main branch of that light. The leaves represent peace and the word olive means oil. The word Gethsemane means oil press. This is the place where Jesus/Yeshua was crushed and pressed to the point of sweating blood. I think this giraffe may represent Israel and the birth of something new for the nation and for a people. The word “mashach,” from the same root word “Messiah” means to smear with oil and anoint. (9)

“Strong’s #4886: mashach (pronounced maw-shakh’). a primitive root; to rub with oil, i.e. to anoint; by implication, to consecrate; also to paint:–anoint, paint.”

Remember those seven vertebrae’s? Yes, a giraffe’s neck is what captures our attention. It is the thing that stands out when we see one and no wonder —the neck of a giraffe weighs about 600 pounds.

“Giraffes use their long necks to graze on leaves higher than other herbivores can reach and spot predators before they get close. Their necks tend to average about 6 feet long, and supporting such a length requires powerful muscles and big bones.” (10)

Not only are their necks six feet long but their legs are as well, and the weight of their neck again is about 600 pounds. Seems to be a lot of “6’s” here in these details so I wanted to define that number in the Hebrew.

SIX, “Shesh [f.], sheeshah [m.] Image, man, beast, flesh, sacrifice, intimacy, finished work, knowledge, sacrificial love, number of man and beast, antichrist, idol, and eternal judgment. Six usually refers to the works of man, but ideally, represents sacrificial love and intimate knowledge with the Creator. When the latter is forsaken, only idolatry and flesh remain. We are ALWAYS either projecting the image of God or the image of the beast (flesh), which is represented by the number six.” (11)

We are said to be approaching the 6,000th year. “The Talmud tells us that this world, as we know it, will last for six thousand years, with the seventh millennium ushering in the cosmic Shabbat, the Messianic Era. Six days a week we work, and on the Shabbat, we rest and enjoy the fruits of our labor; the same is true with millenniums.” (12) Are we possibly neck in neck, plummeting at breakneck speed into the Kingdom of His wondrous reign?

“The Hebrew noun for the neck is עורף (oreph, Strong’s #6203), which is derived out of the Hebrew verb ערף (araph, Strong’s #6202) meaning “to be necked,” as in “breaking the neck.” Jeff Benner. (13)

Yes, Come Yeshua Come, with Breakneck speed and set up your Kingdom!

After reading Jeff Benner’s definition of “neck breaking” Mrs. Gallagher and I were reminded of a few scriptures and several more idioms. Pain in the neck——a millstone around the neck—dead from the neck up—neck to neck—long neck–kinked neck–stiff necked, and K. reminded me of how interesting it is that We adorn (like a Bride) our necks with a neck-lace. What a beautiful image!

“My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother; Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.” Proverbs 6:20-21. Stephen takes this “neck” message further and they end up stoning him to death after they placed their fingers in their ears in rebellion. ““You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.  Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law (Torah) as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.” Acts 7:51-53 NASB. We know HaShem became very upset with His children and at one point said, “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” Exodus 33:3 NIV.

  1. Gallagher explains: “Stiff-necked” evokes the image of an unsubmissive, defiant, and stubborn animal that will not accept the yoke of the master in order to work the land. Necks are where burdens and/or yokes are lain.”

“In Hebrew, Egypt is called Mitzrayim. When God took us out of Mitzrayim, He extricated us from the place of constricted opportunities, tight control, and narrow-mindedness, where movement was severely limited.” (14)

You know another amazing detail about all this stiff neckness– Giraffe’s necks are so flexible they are like a slinky! Yes, its neck is said to be comparable to those cylinder wire toys from our childhood. The ones that seemed to effortlessly slink down the stairs steps.

“We call the vertebrae in the top portion of our backs the thoracic vertebrae. In humans, thoracic vertebrae are joined at the middle of the bone to provide added stability; and our cervical vertebrae fuse at the front and back for more mobility. Giraffe anatomy doesn’t follow this same construction, and its first and second thoracic vertebrae are bound in the same way that its cervical ones are, with ball-and-socket joints [source: Dagg and Foster]. (15) That adaptation gives the giraffe an extra point of flexibility.”

Could it be that a time is coming when Yeshua’s Body is not Stiff-necked, but flexible—bendable—bowing low like the Giraffe has to do to get a drink of water? Could it be that finally All the Body is going to be a people who uphold His Torah and our nation will be a nation that stands with Israel? A man named Jacob had his name changed to Israel and when he blessed the tribes, he told the tribe of Judah this.

“Your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you.” Genesis 49:8-9 GWT.

America has something else in common with this baby giraffe. This mother in Denver named Kipele gave birth at the beginning of March. According to the Denver post, “Although the birth went well, the calf was not initially nursing. Dobby received a plasma transfusion to boost his immune system and fight infection last week after his keepers noticed he had difficulty standing and nursing. Blood tests showed he wasn’t getting enough proteins needed to fight infections from his mother, Kipele.” (16)

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As I researched the Swahili meaning of Kipele I kept coming up empty handed. In English it seemed to mean pimple or scab but when I looked further I found this. (17)

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According to this source, Kipele represent a beautiful butterfly. The father’s name Dikembe has a very Ephraim feel to it. “ The Meaning of Dikembe: ‘Rich and Powerful Ruler, Strong Ruler –(18)

Dobby brings the zoo’s giraffe herd to five, officials said. Most newborn giraffe’s measure 6 feet, but Dobby was five foot and instead of weighing in at about 150, Dobby weighed 73 pounds. I noticed the number 5 and instantly thought of grace. As we read earlier, the baby also needed a blood transfusion and again I am thinking of America. America was a strong powerful ruler just like the name Dikembe. I wrote a book that is no longer available as I am editing and adding some chapters to it, but the title I was given was “Give Birth to a New Nation.” The cover had a picture of a very pregnant woman draped in the flag. This baby giraffe weighed 73 pounds and this reminded me of the number 10 in Hebrew.

The number ten in Hebrew means–“Esehr [f.], ahsahrah [m.] Divine order, completed cycle, measure, or group (congregation) whether for good or evil, blessing or judgment. A tenth part represents the whole in a tithe. Thus, ten represents a complete congregation, body, or kingdom, whether good or evil.” (19)

America can be established for good and not evil which requires us turning back to YHWH and His Commandments and bending our stiff necks to receive His grace.

The name Dobby is quite peculiar. I looked into its meaning and this is what I found.

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“British Dialect. A fatuous person; A fool. I believe America has also been very foolish. However, the meaning of Dobby as a last name was similar to Robert and since this is my Middle son’s name I knew instantly what that meant. A bright shining LIGHT.” (20)

Last name: Dobby. This interesting name is a dialectal variant of the name Dobb, which derives from the medieval given name “Dobbe”, itself a pet form of Robert, (Old English pre 7th Century “Hrodebert”).

Meaning of Dobby: ‘Famous, Bright, Shining, Clear, Diminutive of Clarence, English short form of Robert (meaning: the glorious Shining).‘ – (21)

Dobby was born in Denver Colorado and yes, I believe God is in the tiniest details. Denver means “green Valley” and Colorado has a Spanish origin and means “colored red.” (22) This could imply that America could move into green pastures covered red by the blood of the Lamb this Passover/ April season or our lush green hills could be bloody in a bad way. Will we allow our stiff necks to be yoked with Him the one who saved us and delivered us? Will we humble ourselves and uphold His Torah and bring back righteous ruling and elect righteous leaders who will uphold life?

I’m still waiting for April and Oliver to give birth in Harpursville New York. King David played the harp and demons fled. What a fitting name for these two parents and their location. I wonder what the name of their baby calf will be. Perhaps Zion? Israel?

There were two women in the Bible, one was named Ruth and the other Orpah. They were Moabites. Moab is the name of the incestuous son of Lot. According to the Torah, no descendent of Mo’av (Moab) is allowed in the assembly of Israel (Deuteronomy 23:3). And Yet Ruth bows her neck very low and comes with her mother in law Naomi to the House of Bread and she tells her Mother-in-law that where she goes, she will follow her. “But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. 17 Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she [e]said no more to her.” Ruth 1:16-18 NASB.

She meets a wealthy land owner named Boaz and Ruth bows very low to him. “Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” Ruth 2:10 NASB. Again think “neck.” She ends up marrying Boaz and is in the lineage of King David and our Messiah, Yeshua/ Jesus the Anointed One.

Her sister-n-law Orpah stayed in Moab—dry—dusty—stiff-necked Moab. Two women—two choices. Two nations—two births of a calf. Will one stand under grace with the help of a blood transfusion from Yeshua? Orpah stayed in bondage, but Ruth left everything for a greater ending.

The name Orpah means “NECK.” Awe, this neck thing is deep!

My mother said that when she was pregnant with me the Father told her to call me Ruth. I lived in Moab a very long time. Even when I thought I had come out of Moab, I had not surrendered my stiff-neck like a humble Ruth would. It took much dying of flesh and a long walk from Moab to reach the House of Bread. Just as Ruth had to take a journey to Bethlehem and bow very low before Boaz, who represents our Father, I too, had to give up all of that past life filled with sickness, unsubmissiveness, defiance, stubbornness and yes, a very stiff-neck.

A prophet named Obadiah had a message for the people of Edom and the restoration of Israel. Edom means red like Esau. He too had a stiff neck and lost his birthright—sold it for a bowl of soup. I leave you with this word from Obadiah’s.

“For the day of the Lord draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head. “Because just as you drank on My holy mountain, All the nations will drink continually. They will drink and [k]swallow And become as if they had never existed.  But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, And it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.  “Then the house of Jacob will be a fire And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau will be as stubble.” Obadiah 1:15-18 NASB.

Sources

  1. (http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/giraffe-in-denver-zoo-gives-birth-amid-another-pregnant-giraffes-livestream-w470292)
  2. (http://www.jewfaq.org/calendar.htm)
  3. (https://graceintorah.net/)
  4. The only exceptions are the sloth and the manatee.
  5. Isaiah 11:2, Proverbs 6:16-19. See also Dr. Hollisa Alewine’s, The Creation Gospel: Workbook One, at thecreationgospel.com
    1. Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom. (NASB)[1] Matthew 11:25-30
    2. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (KJV)
    3. Photo (8 ball) Animal Park Adventure http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com/
    4. Grace in Torah
  • The Crushing Weight of the Gethsemane, By Ray Vander Laan.
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  1. Passover teaches that is possible to free ourselves from the pressures of modern society. By Lesli Koppelman Ross
  2. Cristen Conger “If a Giraffe neck only has seven vertebrae, how is it so flexible?
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  9. State Symbols USA.

I LUZ You and Almonds


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Have you ever pondered how all the graves will open? Not when but how. . . Will we come up out of the sea—the earth—an urn? Even the people who have been eaten by sharks? Yes, and how many of you have heard of the Luz bone, a bone that CANNOT be crushed or burned or destroyed? Could this bone have something to do with Ezekiel? “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’ “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. ‘I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.’” Ezekiel 37:1-6 NASB.

 

First things first—a little tent with a pretty big message. Please! If you are ADD read the whole blog for the whole meal. I think you will be pretty blown away by how intricate the details are in our Creators handiwork.

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The color blue is my husband’s favorite color and it’s also the color of his truck and most of his clothing. He is a University of Kentucky fan, blue and blue—I mean through and through. As I was thinking about how to go about describing a color so blue that it turns green in the sunlight and then bluer than a violet purple mixed with sea water, I lost the ability to describe such splendor. This dye was created by an animal that went extinct thousands of years ago.

According to the Talmud, the dye of Tekhelet (a shade of blue) was produced from a marine creature known as the illazon (also spelled Chilazon).

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A one of a kind color. However, about twenty years ago Israeli divers discovered this same mollusk in the Red Sea. The blue dye is made by extracting a thick liquid from a gland in the mollusk to produce the blue brilliant dye. Why would such a color be important? Everything HaShem does is intricate and has a deeper meaning behind it. This dye was used for the priestly garments–the temple tapestry and the tallit (Prayer shawl).

 

HaShem gives special instructions about a prayer shawl and four corners with tassels called Tzitzit. I started meditating on these four corners and the earth. I’m not an earth expert but I do have some friends who have studied this extensively so perhaps they can add?

“The Lord also spoke to Moses, saying,  “Speak to the sons of Israel, and tell them that they shall make for themselves tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and that they shall put on the tassel of each corner a cord of blue.” Numbers 15:38-39 NASB.

A cord of heavenly sapphire blue—blue—blue— the color of Yahweh’s Glory.

 

“And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.” Exodus 24:10 KJV.

 

After HaShem instructs them He tells them why they need these tassels. The tassels have been translated by the King James Version as “fringes,” however, they are called Tzitzit, also called tzitziyot. `

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“It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord (Adonai,) so as to do them and not ­­­­­-­­follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, so that you may remember to do all My commandments and be holy to your God.”  Numbers 15:39-40.

 

 

 

This word Tzitzit means BLOSSOM. It’s like the rod of Aaron that budded and bloomed. These blossoms will bring forth fruit. How? When we keep the Commandments we bear fruit. When we honor His Torah by not just knowing it but doing it we bear much fruit. Here is a picture of a beautiful almond tree blossom.

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Most of Christendom is familiar with Ten Commandments, but there are 613 wrapped up in The Ten. When your pastor quotes, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, he or she is quoting the Torah. He or she is talking about the Menorah and the seven spirits of God and His Holy Commandments; His Torah instructions to live a blessed life—blooming trees.

 

The first place we read about the wings of these prayer shawls is after the Father saves His people from Egypt. “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself.” Exodus 19:4.

The Rabbis teach that each arrangement of tassels should be seven white threads and one blue thread. For more information on the significance of the meaning behind the Hebrew numbers 7 & 8 here is a link to Grace in Torah where you can also find some pretty amazing teachings.

This shawl is used at all major events from circumcision to weddings and yes, even the dead are wrapped up in this garment. Death is something we see Yeshua triumphing over. Yes, death and the grave could not hold our Messiah! Let’s see how the Olive tree buries their dead since we were engrafted into it.

After a person dies, the eyes are closed, the body is laid on the floor and covered, and candles are lit next to the body. The body is never left alone until after burial, as a sign of respect. The people who sit with the dead body are called shomerim, from the root Shin-Mem-Reish, meaning “guards” or “keepers. — In preparation for the burial, the body is thoroughly cleaned and wrapped in a simple, plain linen shroud. The Sages decreed that both the dress of the body and the coffin should be simple, so that a poor person would not receive less honor in death than a rich person. The body is wrapped in a tallit with its tzitzit rendered invalid.Jewfaq.org

Can you imagine your body being wrapped in the Word of Yahweh? Can you imagine all of the Fathers commandments and instructions for a blessed LIFE covering your DEAD body? That dead body will come up out of the grave because Jesus—Yeshua our First Fruits came forth out of the grave wrapped in the same type of linen shroud and more than likely wrapped in his tallit.

This Tallit is two words, tal meaning tent and lit meaning little. “A little tent” that is like a canopy of protection hidden under His Torah–His commandments. When the shawl is pulled up over the head it makes a prayer room. Psalms 91 talks about this canopy under the wings of Adonai. “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” 91:4.

When the woman with the issue of blood touched the hem of Jesus garments she actually touched the Word of Yahweh. These shawls were what a Rabbi such as Yeshua would have worn, not some red Roman robe we see him often pictured as wearing. Many people touched this and were healed. Let’s look at scripture for certainty.

“Wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe (Tzitzit) of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.” Mark 6:56.

Scriptures concerning these four wings also discuss a time of the latter days and I believe have much revelation to behold.

 

“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun (Servant) of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 4:1-2.

 

Yeshua is talking about the times coming in the latter days and he says after the tribulation we will see the sign of him—let’s look at that verse. “And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. “And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” Matthew 24:30-31.

“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree.” Revelation 7:1.

So as I was meditating on the four corners of the earth and visualizing this mighty wind sweeping people up like a Hollywood production of tornado or Aliens, I decided it wouldn’t be like that at all. Didn’t the Son come to a carpenter from a rough place called Nazareth (Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?)  And weren’t his parents so ordinary no one would make room for the delivery of the chosen one? Didn’t he ride on a humble donkey? Yes, but we have all these motion pictures and left behind series that have altered our thinking.

“According to the Zohar—an early Kabbalistic text—the resurrection will take place forty years after the arrival of Moshiach (Messiah). However, certain righteous individuals will arise with the coming of Moshiach (Messiah). All the dead will be resurrected in the Land of Israel.”

Notice the number 40 and all it entails.

So let’s get back to this death and this body rolled up in a little tent—the wings of Yahweh and His mighty Torah protecting even our bones.

According to Aish.com, Jewish tradition records that with burial, a single bone in the back of the neck never decays. It is from this bone – the luz bonethat the human body will be rebuilt in the future Messianic era when the souls of the departed will be reunited with their bodies.”

Yes! A BONE CALL THE LUZ.

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I’m doing a snoopy dance right now!

YES! The Rabbi’s claim there is a bone in our brains that never disintegrates. They say it cannot be burned, crushed, or broken. But this gets deeper! Remember the Tzitzit? Those fringes that hung down that were braided and were referred to as almond buds or blossoms? Well, something else has the same meaning.

The word LUZ in Hebrew means nut or almond! So our brain even blossoms with the mind of Jesus Christ our Yeshua Messiah.

The luz and the tallit with its Tzitzit represent an almond seed- a blossom—blooming and producing fruit and yes, rising up out of the earth! It is believed by the Rabbi’s that this bone is strengthened and gains sustenance from a meal eaten called the Melave Malka. What is this strange word about?

“ Melaveh Malkah is the name of a meal that, as per halakha, is customarily held by Jews after their Sabbath, in other words, on Saturday evening. The intent of the meal is to figuratively escort the “Sabbath Queen” on her way out via singing and eating, as one would escort a monarch upon his departure from a city. This meal is alternatively called “the fourth meal.”

 

We must get back to His Holy Days and Feast. It was never Sunday.

 

And he said to them “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Mark 14:24-26)

This is new beginnings with the Messiah and the 8th day and the fullness of our new Kingdom filled with awe and glory unspeakable and unattainable in thought. More joy than one has ever felt. I can’t wait!

I LUZ my Yeshua Jesus the One who died so we might have LIFE!

Sources:

The mystical bone of resurrection, Shapiro R., 1987, Department of Radiology, University of Miami School of Medicine, accessed 5 April 2014

 

http://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148%2Fradiology.163.3.718#comments

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melaveh_Malkah

 

http://www.aish.com/ci/sam/48936292.html

Pictures : talentshare.org

Old Love versus New Love


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Let’s travel back to a time in your younger years when you “fell” in love–the love bug bit ya! Do you remember buying perfume and fixing your hair just right? Being nervous and talking too much? You are shy and awkward but at the same time very curious. Many times with new couples there is a meet and greet period where each person is interrogated. HA! Where are you from? What do you do for a living? How many siblings do you have? What order is your birth in the family? What do your parents do for a living? On and on it goes like a pinball in a pinball machine bouncing off the walls. Yes, this young love comes with sweaty palms and nervous hugs that are more like pats on the back and then the moment arrives when a first grasp of the others hand leads to a cherished kiss. This kiss might be compared to fireworks at a 4th of July celebration or chills going down the spine. You get home and replay evenings and words that were shared—looks—moments—and ultimately a fire burns for the person. You are on your best behavior around them.
I am talking about a young lover looking for a bride or a groom.

Now I want you to compare this journey to your relationship with Messiah Jesus/Yeshua and our Abba Father. Have you ever met a young believer? They are so excited. Their face shines with the oil of gladness. They want to know everything about this new Spirit and breath of Yahweh and His Son Yeshua-Jesus. They are running from building to building and prayer group to Bible study.  Many purchase  colored markers for certain passages–a shiny cross–several different translations. They are reading the Bible with breakneck speed.  Gulping food down and finding a meeting to attend every night. They have to pray over everything. Young love. Jesus/ Yeshua told one church in Revelations that they had lost their first love, but I want to talk about an old love. A seasoned love that has withstood many storms like an old oak tree.
Old lovers know each other in a way young lovers cannot identify. They’ve had their battles and fights and times of darkness. They may have lost a child or been through a chronic illness. They may have battled family or lost a home or business. They may have had a child with a huge disability or health condition. They’ve been to the wilderness. Each battle brought more strength and more holding the other person up when they felt they couldn’t stand or take one more hit. Old love. Steady—strong–secure.

Old lovers do not feel the need to talk excessively or dig for information continually. They don’t have to have every hair perfect or any hair at all, and they feel very comfortable holding hands and kissing. Fellowship. They know each place where the other has been wounded, hurt, or rejected. They can look at each other and know what a look signifies.  They can sit in the same room with no entertainment, television, music, or conversation and feel very secure that the other is just right next to them. They know what foods the other likes—what music—they can undress in all their saggy skin and feel safe. They know when the other is upset—distant—angry—aloof. If you try and separate them for any length of time it’s difficult.  Many times when a couple has been married for 50 years and one passes away, the other will not live long afterward. They are knit together as one. Old love is like old wine.

A wine that was over 3000-year-old was found a couple years ago. These jars were discovered in a palatial wine cellar in northern Israel in July 2013. What did this wine taste like? They said it was sweet—smooth–strong—bold—and medicinal. It was rich in herbs and honey– like a medicine. That’s what old wine taste like. That’s what old love taste like.
Have you ever met a couple that’s been together for years but instead of having a sweet aroma they barely know each other, or the battles left them bitter—distant—and full of vinegar. I compare it to a people who have been going to a church every Sunday or Saturday morning for decades. They come in and carry a book they barely read and sit for an hour. They clap their hands and stand and sing only to leave empty or lit up like those fireworks that fizzle out quickly. They are going through a motion, a ritual- emotionalism–calves lips. Yeshua quoted Isaiah and said the prophet was right when he said this . . . “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,” Isaiah 29:13 NASB.

What is rote? It is a “mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.”

There are marriages where people have NOT been knit together. Their marriage isn’t like old wine but like grape punch—an artificial substitute. Their jobs, careers, hobbies, parents or children are at times placed above their spouse. The intimacy is but dead and they rarely come together. They live in separate quarters of the house and have nothing in common. When the family or kids come around they dress for rehearsal and attend the meal—the party—the service. They go through the motions–rote. Yeshua called some men white washed tombs. They looked amazing and glorious on the outside but he said they were dead—dead men’s bones.
Once this tired broken down arrangement of marriage becomes a routine usually idols are in place. Idols replace the other spouse. The idols appear fairer than their lover. They may even begin to cheat on their lover and certainly we can do this in many ways that don’t even involve another person.
Old love versus new love. There is a difference in old love and new love and especially an aged love that is like that ancient jug of wine with honey and herbs—a sweet smooth melody that warms the soul. Old lovers rarely call each other by their name but have pet names for their spouses—honey—baby—dear—darling—It’s the same with Yahweh. I love calling Him my Abba Father. Sometimes I do not even say His Name but my heart cries out. Deep calls to deep. OH FATHER I NEED YOU!
If I pick up the phone and call my husband and say “I need you!” I know that man would drop everything and come. How much more our Heavenly Father?

Now I am going to switch gears and let’s think about children. If you don’t have any children, you surely have parents that are here or passed on. A father and mother often worry about their children. We watch them growing and maturing and we think at times, __ so and so needs to work on their anger—their balance—their bitterness—they are insecure or they are full of themselves–if only they saw their gifts—they have a chip on their shoulder —they need to forgive that person–on and on we go looking and inspecting our seed. It starts early. Place the napkin in your lap son. Chew with your mouth shut. Stop yelling. Cross your legs in that dress daughter of mine or go change your clothes. Finish your homework. Turn that show off it’s not appropriate. Open the door for that lady with a cane. Take out the trash. Brush your teeth. On and on. It’s the same way with our heavenly Father. He looks down and with all the grace we have for our own children, He pours out more grace. The problem comes when certain things go south. Divorce—abandonment—malnutrition. Certain things keep showing their ugliness. If you had a son who was six years old who had no health issues and he started school and was still wearing diapers that would be quite messy. If you had a daughter who took a bottle to school and sucked on it during lunch, you might be a tad embarrassed. Tough love may come into play.
“If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?” Hebrews 12:7 ISR.
If a parent has a child who has been outside playing hard all day and has dirt smeared on their face and mud caked under their fingernails and let’s say the parents are invited to a family meal with the grandparents, those parents are going to wash that child and clip its nails. Why? For the child’s sake? So the child doesn’t feel embarrassed? No, the child doesn’t care. Doesn’t even know that it’s inappropriate to come to dinner dirty. Matter a fact, the child wants to keep playing in the dirt and may scream or throw a fit when you place them in the bath.
“You have not bought Me sweet cane with silver, nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your slaughterings. You have only burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your crookednesses.
“I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and remember your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:24-25.  He said He did it for His OWN SAKE.
So let me wrap this up. He cleans us up. He forgives us, but that doesn’t mean we are finished. Relationship is what He wants. Just scrubbing a child–dressing them and sitting them aside without ever hugging them or telling them you’re proud of them would be robotic.

If you have been married for a long time and you can’t remember the last time you were excited about your spouse or deeply intimate, begin to woo your lover. Both your spouse and your Adonai. Gifts help—dates—dinners—cards—love notes—songs—and always place the Father at the forefront of your marriage. Hold hands. Kiss. Embrace each other. Turn off all the electric boxes and take the time to fully look into your lovers face—both your lovers.

Sources: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/11/21/246581682/ancient-wine-bar-giant-jugs-of-vino-unearthed-in-3-700-year-old-cellar

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/what-3-700-year-old-wine-tasted-like/281777/

Five daughters and the KING


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Such delicacies and hidden mysteries are hidden in the Words of an ancient book called the Tanakh or Old Testament.  Sometimes it causes me to need a napkin to soak up the juice of a fresh pomegranate, and other times a kerchief to dry my eyes. The Words can bring me to my knees and strike wonder in my heart. His Word can bring fear and cause one to think about the great flood and also the day of Jacobs trouble.

This morning I was reading about the daughters of Zelophehad. Have you heard of these strong mighty women? Possibly not. There is only one man named Zelophehad in the whole Bible, but his five daughters rose up and were heard. “Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph, came near; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah and Milcah and Tirzah.” Numbers 27:1.

Something I found very interesting is the father’s name may mean “Shadow of the fear.” According to Jewish encyclopedia, “The etymology of the name is very doubtful; some scholars think that the root is Syriac and means “first rupture,” indicating that he was a first-born son (comp. Zelophehad in Rabbinical Literature). But the Septuagint Σαλπαάδ or Σαλφαάδ (B in Chron., Σαπφαάδ) shows that the Hebrew was vocalized (=“the shadow [or “protection”] of terror“). NOBSE Study Bible Name List sees more in the second possibility and translates our name as Shadow Of The Fear.

Strangely enough, he named one of his daughters Noah, but all his daughters’ names have a shadow of the end of days in my opinion. Let’s look deeper into this.

Zelophehad’s name also means to break or wound and also to join and become one. “Become One.” Yes, that’s what we long for. That’s what Jesus/ Yeshua prayed in John chapter 17, that we would become one as He and His Father are one. Again,  Zelophehad’s name means to break, wound, and yes, the shadow of fear. Zelophehad’s  father had a very curious name as well. His name was Hepher and could have meant “shame.” There were three men and one city named Hepher in the Bible. Let’s look at Abarim publication for more info. “For a meaning of the name Hepher, both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names take our name to be a noun derived from חפר I (hapar) and read Well, Pit. BDB Theological Dictionary does not translate the name Hepher but does list it under the verb חפר I (hapar), meaning to dig.

Note that there are words in the Hebrew language that mean pit and well, which are frequently used in the Bible and which are not related to either of the verbs חפר. If the name Hepher comes from חפר I (hapar), it would mean Dig, but it may also come from חפר II (haper) and mean Shame. It’s by no means inconceivable that parents or others named our Hephers in remembrance of something shameful (Biblical names often refer to something beyond the one who’s named).”

These are descendants of Joseph’s son Manasseh. As we go through the names of these women don’t lose heart. I will be expounding on their great faith, power, and how they used their voice to change things concerning all women, but first let’s dig deeper.

The first daughter, Mahlah means sickness and disease and the root of the word means “profane,” the opposite of holy. “Both NOBSE Study Bible Name List and Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names read Disease.”  You may be thinking why would someone name their daughter that, but names back then meant something. If this has to do with what the earth will look like before the return of the Messiah, then these names are more than a personal label. Let’s see if we can connect the names. The earth was corrupt before the flood came. The sickness was a matter of their hearts. The Bible says,

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” Genesis 6:5-8 NASB.  The Bible says that just as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be when the Son of man returns.

Why would a man name his daughter Noah? He knew who Noah was. He knew Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord Adonai. The female form of Noah means to shake, to rattle. The feminine name Noah (נעה) means Shaky Girl or Lady Wanderer.

According to Abarim publications, “The root-verb נוע (nua’) means to shake, stagger, quiver, tremble, etcetera. It’s used for trees that sway in the breeze (Judges 9:9), of lips that stammer (1 Samuel 1:13), of drunks who stagger (psalm 107:27). “

Hoglah means to hobble or hop. The name Hoglah is ascribed to an unused root חגל, which occurs in Arabic with the meaning of to hobble or hop. The Arabic derived noun means partridge, so scholars conclude that the Hebrew name Hoglah does the same. There’s nothing in the vocabulary of the Bible that comes close to the name Hoglah. Was she disabled and sick? Did she hop like a bird? When we look at sickness, a shaking and rattling and now to hobble and hop, we have a message that seems to be saying more.

“The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again.” Isaiah 24:20 NASB. “Men will go into caves of the rocks And into holes of the ground Before the terror of the LORD And the splendor of His majesty When He arises to make the earth tremble.” Isaiah 2:19 NASB. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” Hebrews 12:26 NASB.

The Father will shake the earth. We know this from passages concerning the end. An earthquake is coming that will split the earth and His Son Yeshua will stand on the mount of Olives in that day. “You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!” Zechariah 14:5 NASB.

We have a story here in the names of these daughters. There is one man named Noah and one woman named Noah in the whole Bible. These five daughters are orphans and have no mother or father. The children of Israel had been marching around in the desert and now they have finally come to the Promise Land. We too wait for the day we will enter the glorious Kingdom of Yahweh. These daughters all have “Yah” in their names and they are determined to enter the promised land even though they are not men. Even though they had no inheritance. Even though their father may have acted shameful. They were going to pull up their boot straps and face the Man who God spoke to face to face. And they were going to ask so they could receive.

“They came forward and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders and the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” (Give us property they said Give us salvation.)

“So Moses brought their case before the Lord, and the Lord said to him,“What Zelophehad’s daughters are saying is right. You must certainly give them property as an inheritance among their father’s relatives and give their father’s inheritance to them.” Numbers 27:2-7 NIV.

These women had a father who died for his own sin. Possibly for breaking the Sabbath, but he was not part of the group attached to Korah. These women were bold as lions! Their case was brought before the Creator of the universe! So can yours.

Once we get to the last two daughter’s names we see what happens on that day we are reunited with our Messiah. We have the daughter Milkah or Milcah and according to Abrium publications the noun for that name means king.  “The noun מלך (melek) is usually translated as king.” Kingship and royalty are attached to her name. The verb מלך (malak), to be or become king.

The King is coming and so is the promised land. The last daughter’s name suggest what we will be doing at that time. The last name is Tizrah and means to be accepted, favored and the root means to enjoy rest like a sabbath and also to delight.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there.   Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.   I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-5 CJB.

Sources: http://www.abarim-publications.com/

 

What Our Hearts Know?


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“If our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God” 1st John 3:21.

What do our hearts know? “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9 KJV. Yahweh searches the hearts of men to see whats inside them. He knows.

Simple. Short. To the point. Can you remember a time in childhood when you were uneasy about approaching a parent, or teacher or another authority figure due to some promises you failed to keep or something secretive you were doing? Let’s say you failed to wash the dishes, mow the yard, and take out the trash. You are in trouble for failing to do your chores, but your friends want you to go to a concert and even have free tickets. All you have to do is ask your parents. The problem comes when it’s time to approach them knowing that you failed to do what they asked you to. You do not have that boldness you need.

Perhaps they discovered that you have been secretly doing a number of things behind their backs that they don’t approve of. You are certain they are very disappointed over this but you need new gym shoes or money for a car repair and you have to approach them for help. Picture the same scenario only it’s our Heavenly Father. We need Him to smooth out a relationship with a child, sibling or dear friend. We need a healing or a financial situation is in dire consequences and we are desperate for our Father to come and help us.

“Here is how we will know that we are from the truth and will set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts know something against us, God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts know nothing against us, we have confidence in approaching God; then, whatever we ask for, we receive from him; because we are obeying his commands and doing the things that please him.” 1 John 3:19-22 CJB.
Hopefully, this is making more sense. The examples I used above may seem elementary but our issues at times with the flesh are very elementary. We indulge in too much of something good. Food can be good but too much is gluttony. Grapes on the vine can make for a good Chianti but too much of anything good is an indulgence. We all know the things we need to stop doing because our conscious tells us. If we gossip, spend money recklessly, lust after things with our eyes, or seek revenge and harbor unforgiveness, we get an alert from the Holy Ruach Spirit of Truth. But if our hearts know nothing against us we can come boldly before the Father. We also have a High Priest who has compassion and is interceding for us.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16 NASB.
Ephesians 3:12 says, “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” NLT.
What a great feeling it is to have a parent you know is proud of you–one you can boldly meet with. And if perhaps you never had that relationship with your parents, know that you can have one with HIM.